Nearly 80 percent of people residing in Delhi-NCR are unaware that obesity can cause diabetes. Around 80.7 percent are obese, but 78.5 percent people continue to consider themselves as having normal weight, according to a new survey.
The survey conducted by Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket on at least 1,000 respondents about their knowledge on obesity and bariatric surgery found that only 18.5 percent were aware that obesity can trigger diabetes.
‘Most of the respondents are unaware that obesity leads to complications such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and kidney problems.’
While 70 percent of the people didn't know that hypertension is associated with obesity, only 5 percent were aware that obesity can cause sleep apnea.
The study also suggested that while 93.5 percent men and 76.8 percent women did not know about kidney problems associated with obesity, 80.3 percent men and 82.1 percent women didn't know about obesity leading to diabetes.
"Obesity is a worrying health issue that has been plaguing Indians for some time now. However, it continues to rise in epidemic proportions in the country even today. It is not restricted to certain class specifically. It is prevalent in both rural and urban folk," said Pradeep Chowbey, Executive Vice-Chairman Max Healthcare.
While 82.4 percent of the respondents said that they would be concerned (30.8 percent would be extremely concerned) if they were overweight or obese, 72.4 percent said that they are somewhat aware of the concept of BMI (body mass index).
According to the study, only 31.2 percent do get annual health check-ups and 100 percent respondents said that they opt for jogging, diet, gym regime to keep their weight in check.
"Obesity not only affects one's physical appearance but also mental and physical health. It can result in grave consequences like heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, kidney problems, sleep apnea," Chowbey added.
The survey result also stated that 28.8 percent participants were unaware about the bariatric surgery an option for weight-loss while only 11.2 percent were aware about bariatric surgery.
Out of all only 10.2 percent of the participants said that they will consider surgical procedures to fight obesity.